We are pleased to announce that our Visiting Fellow, Dr. Isaac Choi, will be presenting his work to us. Dr. Choi is an exceptional philosopher with degrees in science (AB in chemistry from Harvard), philosophical theology (M.Div. and Th.M. from Princeton Seminary), and in philosophy (Ph.D. from Notre Dame, focusing on epistemology). (You can see his complete bio and CV at https://www.rivendellinstitute.org/about/people/isaac-choi/). He has devoted his time with us this year to this area of research, and we are thrilled to have him share some of this with our larger community.
Please join us for a stimulating evening of scholarly engagement and conversation on this important topic. Refreshments provided!
Abstract for “Is Petitionary Prayer Superfluous?”
Why would God institute the practice of efficacious petitionary prayer? Why would an omniscient and perfectly good God not simply give us what we need before we ask? I propose that God has reasons to not always maximize a creature’s good, even in a sinless world, and that there are at least three different purposes God intends for petitionary prayer. I then respond to an epistemological objection, offering several ways petitioners can recognize that God has answered a prayer and how God might help us with some common obstacles to prayer.